Linda Wride – Facing up to it – overcoming my fear of photographing strangers
As someone who is more comfortable taking pictures of buildings, photographing people (other than my family) was way outside my comfort zone. I’d been put off by being verbally assaulted whilst trying to capture people having fun at St Giles Fair. For a long time afterwards, I’d only take people pictures from a distance or while they were distracted and wouldn’t notice, or if I could compose a shot without including a recognisable face…just in case I found myself confronted by someone who didn’t want to be photographed.
That changed In 2016 when I visited Cuba, a country where almost everyone WANTS to have their photo taken! Since then I’ve very gradually grown in confidence and (I hope) ability to take a portrait of someone I don’t know, that both the subject and I feel comfortable with. I’ll take you on this photographic journey so you can decide for yourself whether I’ve managed to overcome my fear of photographing strangers.
Due to the success of the Member in Focus evenings, we plan to schedule more into our calendar. If you have pictures you would like to share, please drop me an email. Any length from 5 minutes to an hour would be welcome.